Saline Bayou and Lake

Natchitoches-Winnfield Area
Natchitoches - Winnfield Area
Type of Route

The Saline Bayou National River Corridor is located west of Louisiana Highway 1233, just north of Saline Lake. The bayou is ideal for quiet canoeing, floating and fishing, and the wooded area offers various launching points, including Cloud Crossing Recreation Complex. Watch for wood ducks, pileated woodpeckers, otters and a variety of other wildlife. About 21 miles of Saline Bayou is designated a National Wild and Scenic River; its banks are lined with bald cypress and other hardwoods. (The bayou can flow over its banks during high water, so check with the Kisatchie National Forest, Winn Ranger District, about water conditions.) The bayou connects to the 8,400-acre Saline Lake, a recreational center that is home to largemouth bass, white perch and sunfish. Saline Bayou National River Corridor is about 21 miles in length and is marked with blue paint on tree trunks. From Goldonna, take Highway 156 east for 2.2 miles to Highway 1233 and turn left; go 7.7 miles to the Cloud Crossing National Forest Recreation sign; turn left at the sign and go 0.5 miles to a "Y" intersection; bear right and go 0.9 miles to the campground. For more information see here or call 318-628-4664.